Grow Your Own Chocolate By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter Around Valentine’s Day the worry of what to give that special person is throbbing in ones head. A nice dinner is always a great start to that special day dedicated to couples. Commercials show giving diamonds as a way of expressing ones love but I have another way that may take time but shows true commitment, love, and can address those cravings that we all have had some time in our lives. One may ask what could that be. Well the answer can be found in the candy aisle and it is . . . chocolate. Growing your own hyper-local chocolate is one way of showing how much you care for an individual. Chocolate mint is one plant that any individual can grow that smells and tastes like the name states, chocolate mint. The cocoa plant is a challenge to grow for even the seasoned gardener. To start this project of love, either purchase cocoa plants from a reputable tropical plant dealer or start with the beans. Move the tree to a warm room away from direct sunlight.
16 Foods That’ll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps 15 October 2012 By Andy Whiteley Looking for a healthy way to get more from your garden? Like to know your food is free of the pesticides and other nasties that are often sprayed on commercial crops? Re-growing food from your kitchen scraps is a good way to do it! There’s nothing like eating your own home- grown vegies, and there are heaps of different foods that will re- grow from the scrap pieces that you’d normally throw out or put into your compost bin. It’s fun. Just remember … the quality of the “parent” vegetable scrap will help to determine the quality of the re-growth. Leeks, Scallions, Spring Onions and Fennel You can either use the white root end of a vegetable that you have already cut, or buy a handful of new vegetables to use specifically for growing. Simply place the white root end in a glass jar with a little water, and leave it in a sunny position. Lemongrass Lemongrass grows just like any other grass. Within a week or so, new growth will start to appear. Ginger Potatoes Garlic
Cannabis Hydroponics Apart from nutrients, the most important thing we do in a Hydroponic growing design is make sure the plants have access to Oxygen. Basically, this means that they are not growing in water so they drown, but have a supply of air around their roots. I will explain more about this shortly. The burning question in your mind should be:- How do I get started in cannabis hydroponics? This is the question I most want to answer in this book. To get started in growing hydroponic cannabis is as simple as deciding what system will best suit the plants I wish to grow? The systems described further on explain whether they suit small plants like lettuce and herbs with smaller root systems or larger plants like tomatoes and cucumbers with larger root systems, short term crops like lettuce or long term crops that will be in the system for more than 3-4 months. We’ll discuss more with each system. 1. Plants will enjoy much light, but some do not like all the heat put out by sunlight. 2. 3. 4. 5. Concept: 1.
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Online Tool For Diagnosing Tomato Problems Posted on 01 July 2008 by tomatocasual.com By Michelle Fabio A world free of tomato-growing problems would be perfect indeed, but Tomato Casual has found a fabulous online tool for when your leaves show brown spots with yellow halos or the blossom ends of your tomatoes turn black. The Tomato Problem Solver from the Aggie Horticulture team at Texas A & M can help you diagnose and treat your tomato growing difficulties. From the home page of the user-friendly Tomato Problem Solver, you can choose a general tomato disorder from the choices: Green Fruit, Ripe Fruit, Leaf, Stem, and Root. From there are you taken to a series of photos that show the most common problems tomato growers encounter. Simply choose the photo that best matches the issue you’re having, and the Tomato Problem Solver will tell you the name of the problem, its symptoms, and also how to control the damage. By the way, if you’re curious about those brown spots with yellow halos?
Planning Succession Crops Succession planting will allow you to plant several times throughout the growing season for a continuous supply of fresh vegetables. To plan succession crops you must know two things: • The number of weeks of growing season in your garden. The length of the growing season is the number weeks between the last frost in spring and the first frost in autumn. The local cooperative extension office can tell you the length of the growing season in your location or you can ask an experienced gardener at a nearby garden center. • The number of weeks each crop you wish to grow requires to germinate, grow, and reach harvestable size. So here is your succession cropping planning formula: Number of days to harvest for Crop 1 + Number of days to harvest for Crop 2 = Total number of days in the garden. One more note, growing seasons can be extended on either end by a few weeks with the use of season extenders: cloches, plastic tunnels, and cold frames. • Cabbage→ Green Onions→ Spinach • Kale → Cucumbers
Planting by the Moon How Does it Work? As the Moon revolves around the Earth every 28 days, it reflects differing amounts of sun depending on its angle toward the light of the sun. This diagram shows how the Moon moves around the Earth, and the moons depicted in the outermost ring show how it looks to us from Earth. As you can see, the intermediate phases between the new moon, first quarter, full moon, and last quarter are called "crescent" and "gibbous" and serve to further subdivide the phases. The theory is that increasing moonlight is best for annuals that bear their fruit above ground, and decreasing moonlight is best of those that are root crops. More on the Details This represents all the phases of the moon, "waning" from the full moon at left to the new moon at center, then "waxing" to the third quarter moon at right. The next part gives more detail on the concept of using the moon as a guide to gardening. Planting and Chores by the Moon [ Seed Starter ] [ Seedling Helper ] [Garden Planning]
Hydroponics For a plant to grow, it requires the correct temperature and humidity, moisture, light, air, certain mineral salts (nutrients) and the absence of pathogens (disease causing organisms). Plant nutrition is the science which studies what plants eat, or more to the point which nutrients the plant takes from its surroundings, in what amounts, under what conditions and how what the plant takes is used in growth and development. This is of great importance to anyone who is interested in maximizing the genetic potential of his/her plants. A hydroponic nutrient solution is composed of water, dissolved air and a dozen or so essential elements in their proper proportions. The essential elements, or mineral elements that must be present for proper plant growth and development are nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), magnesium (Mg), calcium (Ca), sulfur (S), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), boron (B), copper Cu), zinc (Zn), molybdenum (Mo), and chlorine (Cl). Major Elements Minor Elements
Growing Marijuana: Managing Small Plants Quick Note If you're looking for more on growing marijuana, start here: Anthony's Marijuana Growing Advice . If you have any questions, feel free to email me. Make sure to send me pictures of your plants so I can see what condition they're in. Make sure to inform me on the strain, lighting, soil/hydro, location, and any other information you may have so that I can help. Well folks I got a question in regards to my initial Marijuana Mondays post back in August. Question: How do you grow plants on a small scale? Root Zone First of all, to grow plants at that small scale you have to control the size of the root zone. Genetics Scientifically, marijuana's name is Cannabis Sativa. Sativas tend to grow tall and lanky (long internodal spacing) with thin-bladed leaves. Indicas are a bit shorter and stubby (tighter internodal spacing) with fat-bladed leaves. Ruderalis tends to be a funny situation. Science and Breeding Plant Management: Topping and Low Stress Training (LST) Light Control Conclusion
Diagnosis Of Mineral Deficiencies In Plants By Visual Symptoms - Wallace, 1943 The processes concerned in the growth of plants are the subjects of study by plant physiologists and plant biochemists. A comprehensive account of these processes is outside the scope of the present work, the special object of which is to deal with the outward and visible signs of imperfections in the plant's activities caused by faulty mineral nutrition. Nevertheless it is useful to have before us the general features of the main processes involved and to realize that the symptoms we shall be discussing later have a physiological basis, and are not direct and unchangeable signs of the specific deficiencies but result from the derangement of the complicated mechanism of the plant's vital activities. The main processes involved in plant development may be summarized as follows: Absorption: Intake of water and mineral elements by the root system. With all plants there are well defined seasonal growth cycles. Major elements: Nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur.
The 72 Plant Vertical Garden This instructable will cover the details of the Vertical Garden built for my "Hydroponic, Automated, Networking, Climate Controlled Greenhouse Project". The vertical garden is a space saving way to grow up to 72 small plants (such as lettuce, spinach, strawberries and lots of different herbs) all with the plant health benefits of hydroponics. The Vertical Garden is designed with modularity in mind, to be brought into the greenhouse and installed as a single unit, with only connection to the existing plumbing required before you're ready to grow. Other Instructables that cover elements of the "Hydroponic, Automated, Networking, Climate Controlled Greenhouse Project" are listed below with many more to come: Part 1: Construction of the GreenhousePart 2: The 72 Plant Vertical Garden As of this moment the greenhouse's skeleton is all that is completed. Each major section of this project should be it's own instructable and when it's all finished I'll compile it into a guide.
Make Your Own Fertilizer Learn how to make your own fertilizer, and keep your garden green without spending a lot of green. Here are several great homemade fertilizer recipes to try: Epsom Salt Fertilizer Photo Credit: Erin Huffstetler Use in Place of: Houseplant food Vegetable fertilizer Rose plant food What You Need: 1 Tablespoon Epsom Salt 1 gallon water A watering can What You Do: 1. Why This Works: Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate – both vital plant nutrients. Coffee Ground Fertilizer Rose plant food Used coffee grounds A cookie Sheet Newspaper 1. Note: Be careful not to over do it with the grounds. Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, magnesium, and potassium – all important plant nutrients. Egg Shell Fertilizer Lime Egg Shells A blender 1. Eggs shells are made up almost entirely of calcium carbonate – the main ingredient in agricultural lime. Vinegar Fertilizer Houseplant fertilizer Rose plant food 1 Tablespoon white vinegar 1 gallon water A watering can 1. Fish Tank Water Fertilizer Any fertilizer 1. 1.
Hydroponic Feeding Charts | Humboldt Nutrients *Important note: All dosages of nutrients are per gallon. Feeding Tips All Feeding Charts and application recommendations are not definitive instructions. All crops and genetic strains within plant species have different metabolism rates. Some strains are genetically predisposed to be heavy feeders and others are light feeders. There are also environmental conditions that provide for higher metabolism rates (CO2). For best results: Always use unchlorinated water. Oxygenate water before and during application. PPM is a measurement which is affected by a number of factors including the soil or medium, the environment, water cleanliness and quality, age of water filters, and nutrients introduced into the environment. If PPM is too high at any stage of growth, add RO water to decrease the PPM to desired level. Oneness Program 8 Week Hydroponic -Back to Top- Premium 2-Part Program 8 Week Hydroponic -Back to Top- 3-Part Conventional Program 8 Week Hydroponic -Back to Top All-Purpose Additive Program